Champion Hurdle Tips

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The feature Championship race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle.

This two-mile hurdles race has been won by many of the greatest hurdles to grace our sport, with the likes of Night Nurse, Hurricane Fly and Buveur D'Air winning the race on two occasions.

Hatton's Grace was the first to claim a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle wins. A feat which has been repeated by legends like Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq.

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips 2021 (Tuesday)

TimeTuesday RacesTips / 2021 ResultWatch Replay
13:20Supreme Novices' HurdleResult: Appreciate It 8/11F
13:55Arkle Challenge TrophyWON: Shishkin to win 4/9
14:30Ultima Handicap ChaseResult: Vintage Clouds 28/1
15:05Champion HurdleWON: Honeysuckle to win 11/10
WON: Sharjah (EW) 11/1
15:40Mares' HurdleResult: Black Tears 11/1
16:15Boodles Handicap HurdleResult: Jeff Kidder 80/1
16:50National Hunt ChaseWON: Galvin to win

Champion Hurdle Bookmakers & Free Bets


Every year bookmakers offer their best free bet welcome bonuses and enhanced odds specials for the Champion Hurdle. Often they load up your account with enough bonus bets so you can have a bet on every race of the day's race card. Here are the standout offers so far:

80/1 for Honeysuckle to win at Paddy Power.


33/1 for Honeysuckle to win or 33/1 for Epatante to win at Novibet.

The Champion Hurdle Free Bets 2021

BookmakerFree BetPromo Code / OfferClaim Free Bet
80/1 Honeysuckle to winENHANCED ODDS80/1 Boost
33/1 Honeysuckle or33/1 Epatante to win33/1 Boost
Bet £5 Get £40Deposit Bonus£40 Bonus
Bet £10 Get £60Code: S60 (mobile)£60 bonus
Bet £100 Get £100Code: NEWBONUS£100 bonus

2021 Champion Hurdle Tips

Who will win the Champion Hurdle? Our expert preview and Champion Hurdle betting tips provides all of the answers.

Champion Hurdle 2021 Runners & Best Odds

Runners / 2021 ResultsBest OddsPlace Bet
Winner: Honeysuckle11/10 F
2nd Place: Sharjah14/1
3rd Place: Epatante4/1
4th Place: Aspire Tower33/1
5th Place: Abracadabras10/1
Goshen4/1
Silver Streak14/1
James Du Berlais22/1
Saldier50/1
Not So Sleepy66/1
William Hill paying5 places - 1/5 odds


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Champion Hurdle Date & Time 2021


The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. In 2021 that falls on Tuesday March 16th, 2021 and the official starting time is 3.05pm. 

Champion Hurdle Bookie Specials


The bookmakers will go all in to kickstart the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Have a look at all the enhanced odds and Champion Hurdle specials available with the top online bookies right now.

Champion Hurdle Key Facts


DateTuesday March 16th, 2021
Time3:30pm
TrackCheltenham
Distance2m
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£400,000
Age4YO+

Champion Hurdle Winners


Many of the recent Champion Hurdle winners have been expected to win, including the likes of Buveur d’Air, Annie Power, Faugheen and Hurricane Fly. 

Prior to those wins, there were plenty of upset winners with four consecutive winners from 2007-2010 paying 10.00 or more.

Year
Champion Hurdle Winners
2021Honeysuckle
2020Epatante
2019Espoir D'Allen
2018Buveur d’Air
2017Buveur d’Air
2016Annie Power
2015Faugheen
2014Jezki
2013Hurricane Fly
2012Rock On Ruby
2011Hurricane Fly
2010Binocular
2009Punjabi
2008Katchit
2007Sublimity
2006Brave Inca
2005Hardy Eustace
2004Hardy Eustace
2003Rooster Booster
2002Hors La Loi III
2001no race
2000Istabraq
1999Istabraq
1998Istabraq

Champion Hurdle History


One of the oldest Cheltenham Festival races, the Champion Hurdle is stepped in history since its first running in 1927 when Blaris took the honours for trainer Bill Payne and jockey George Duller. 

Since that time there have been many champion winners and an incredible five horses to win three Champion Hurdle races. All five horses won the Champion Hurdle in consecutive years, making the feat even more incredible and the most recent champion was Istabraq in 2000. 

Istabraq was the odds-on favourite to win his fourth unprecedented Champion Hurdle but the foot-and-mouth outbreak of 2001 caused history to halter. Unfortunately, he raced in 2002 but was pulled up after the second hurdle when jockey Charlie Swan felt his action go. 

Istabraq’s subsequent retirement left the door open for another champion and although there hasn’t been another like him since, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly and Buveur d’Air have all won the Champion Hurdle twice. 

Nicky Henderson has scored seven wins as a trainer and those wins came with four horses. He trained See You Then to score three consecutive Champion Hurdle’s from 1985-1987 and current champion Buveur d’Air. 

Jockeys Tim Molony and Ruby Walsh share the top honours with four wins a piece. Ruby Walsh’s most recent win came with Annie Power, which was subsequently only the fourth mare to win the Champion Hurdle. That win also gave Willie Mullins his fourth win in a six-year span. 

The biggest margin of victory in recent times belongs to Rooster Booster when scoring by 11 lengths in 2003. The nine-year-old spaced his rivals, which included Westender in second and race favourite Rhinestone Cowboy in third.

Owner JP McManus won the Champion Hurdle twice in a row with Buveur D'Air, and again with the ill-fated Espoir D'Allen.

In 2020, Nicky Henderson's Epatante justified her tag of favouritism with a superb performance, ensuring McManus retain the famous trophy for a fourth year on the bounce.

Champion Hurdle FAQs

Who won the 2020 Champion Hurdle?

Epatante was a comfortable winner of the Champion Hurdle, run on the 69th birthday of her owner, JP McManus, who has now had four consecutive winners of the feature race on the Cheltenham Festival’s opening day. Well supported from the night before and sent off 2-1 favourite, Epatante became an eighth winner of the Champion Hurdle for her trainer, Nicky Henderson.

When is the Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle 2021?

The 2021 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle will take place on Tuesday March 16th as part of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival. The feature race is the championship contest for 2m hurdlers and has been won by some of the greatest hurdlers of all time.

What time is the 2021 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle?

The Champion Hurdle is due off at 15:05 GMT on Tuesday March 16th 2021. It is the fourth race on the opening day of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival.